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October 28, 2011

Obama/Holder DOJ Proposes Lying, Hiding Existence of Records Under New FOIA Rule

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Welcome to Barack Obama's 'Orwellian' America.

Remember when, upon taking office, President Obama released a memorandum declaring his administration was "committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness" - specifically pledging to bolster the strength of the FOIA act, calling it "the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open government"?

It was clearly nothing less than a bold-faced lie, a purposeful deception to hide his true intent. Deception, subverting the moral order, and attacking capitalism have been in his playbook, all along.

C.J. Ciaramella reports at The Daily Caller:

A proposed revision to Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don't exist.

The Justice Department has proposed the change as part of a large revision of FOIA rules for federal agencies. Specifically, the rule would direct government agencies who are denying a request under an established FOIA exemption to "respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist," rather than citing the relevant exemption.

The proposed rule has alarmed government transparency advocates across the political spectrum, who've called it "Orwellian" and say it will "twist" public access to government.

The draft FOIA revisions were first published in March, but the Justice Department re-opened comment submissions in September after several open-government groups raised objections. A Justice Department spokesperson said the agency is committed to public input and transparency, which is why it re-opened public comments on the rule -- an unusual step in the process.

In a public comment regarding the rule change, the ACLU, along with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and OpenTheGovernment.org, said the move "will dramatically undermine government integrity by allowing a law designed to provide public access to government information to be twisted to permit federal law enforcement agencies to actively lie to the American people."

Read the rest here.

The cynic in me says the timing of this effort to legitimize lying to the American people has a bit to do with Holder and Napolitano lying about Fast & Furious. However, Fast & Furious is but one of many instances in which the Obama administration either lies to or withholds information from the American people.

Join with those who aren't willing to tolerate government having the right to lie. Contact your congressman and senator ... and tell them to vote against the Obama administration's changing of FOIA rules for federal agencies to lie. Don't wait, do it now. If this isn't stopped before Thanksgiving it will be too late.

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Posted by Richard at October 28, 2011 8:33 AM



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